The Mount Angel Hazelnut Festival & German Holiday Market sponsored by the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce has received the Ovation award for “Best New Festival” by the Oregon Festival & Events Association (OFEA).

The OFEA members represent more than 1,200 festivals and events in Oregon. The association provides workshops and training for events professionals and volunteers.

The Hazelnut Festival featured more than 30 arts and crafts booths, food booths, refreshments and entertainment. Many of the booths featured hazelnut products. The German Holiday Market included authentic and traditional German Christmas decorations and crafts including handmade ornaments and German treats.

“There were 9,000 new acres of hazelnuts planted in 2013 and 90 percent of the country’s hazelnuts are grown right here in Oregon,” said Maureen Ernst; co-chair of the event. “What better way to celebrate the Old World flavor of Mount Angel than with a new festival highlighting the Hazelnut and the German Holiday Markets.”

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